1.8 The cost of Tryon Palace
Report to Governor William Tryon, reprinted in The Colonial Records of North Carolina, Vol. 7. Edited by William L. Saunders. Raleigh, N.C.: J. Daniels, 1887.
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A rough calculation of the expense of a mansion house executing at Newbern for the governor of North Carolina for the time being.
|Turning in the Lotts||£55|
|Digging the Foundation||£15|
|Bricks and Lime||£1250|
|Boards and Scantling, including Mahogany for ye Staircase||£600|
|Carpenters and Joiners Labour, including Nails and Brads||£1900|
|Plastering, including Lime, Lath, Nails, Labr, and Stucco Work||£900|
|Sashes, Glass, Skylights, Lead and Plumbers Labour to Gutter &c, and Six Stacks of Lead pipes||£1100|
|Chimney pieces, and Stone Steps to two Fronts||£600|
|Painting inside and outside, Including Oil and Colours||£550|
|Locks, Hinges, Fastenings, Screws, and Smiths Work about the Roof &c||£650|
|Labourers time attending Workmen and levelling Grounds||£200|
|Paving the Cellars, and Area, Area Wall and pallisadoes Do||£200|
|Digging and laying drains from the House, and Making Reservoir Labour and Materials||£400|
|To the Superintendant for four years overseeing and directing the Works of the House, Officers &c||£1200|
|Twelve Lotts of Land for the Building purchase not yet Completed estimated at||£400|
Expence of the two Wings or Offices of the said House, Including Collonade, dwarf Wall, and Pallisadoes to form the Court.
|Digging the Foundations||£20|
|Brick and Lime||£900|
|Scantling and Boards||£500|
|Carpenters and Joiners Labour, including Nails and Brads||£780|
|Locks, fastenings, and Smiths Work||£190|
|Glass and painting including the painting of the Shingles on the Roof||£250|
|Two Wells with Pumps Compleat||£40|
|Circular Collonade, with Wall, Columns, paving, Cornice, and Roof &c||£750|
|Dwarf Wall, Pallisadoes, piers, Gates &c, to form a Court Yard||£160|
Small pieces of lumber.
A joiner was someone who built furniture or did what we would now call finish carpentry — moldings, trim work, doors and windows, and so on.
Laths are thin strips of wood used on walls as a base for plaster.
An abbreviation for “ditto,” or something repeated.
A group of columns supporting a tablature or flat roof.
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